The show is reportedly scheduled for a renewal for another season in April, which will reportedly be a deal of Rs 106 crore, but according to a source, a fresh season seems unlikely.
A report on India Today also says that the impressions of the show have witnessed a sharp fall (March 18-24), according to the latest data released by BARC India. The Kapil Sharma Show has recorded 5.3 million impressions, compared to last week's 6 million impressions.
The insider added that since the crew and other celebrities are unwilling to turn up for the episodes, the channel and the makers might have to take a tough decision of killing the show.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Sunil Grover announced an upcoming show, titled Dr Mashoor Gulati's Comedy Clinic, featuring Kiku Sharda and other actors. The gig is scheduled to be held on April 1 in Delhi.
Meanwhile, rumour had it that comedian Raju Srivastava was replacing Grover, who features as the characters Rinku Bhabhi and Dr Mashoor Gulati on the show. Not just that, there are rumours that Navjot Singh Sidhu might also have to quit the show due to his government job as a minister.
Earlier, the 'Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon' star allegedly verbally abused and assaulted Sunil Grover with a shoe while 'The Kapil Sharma Show' crew was flying out of Australia.
Later, Kapil took to his Facebook page to share an apology to Grover, to which the 'Gabbar is Back' star responded saying "Yes, you hurt me deeply.
The report said that the journalist was looking for a repair shop as his car had a tyre puncture, when the miscreants attacked him.
The incident was discussed in the state assembly with home minister Ranjit Patil promising a probe.
While the Supreme Court reduces from 500 to 220 metres the distance of liquor shops from highways, it's only applicable areas with a population of up to 20,000. For those with a population of more than 20,000 the 500 metre liquor shop ban from national, state highways stands.
The distance relaxation also extended to hill states of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh.
People who got licence for liquor vends prior to the Dec 15, 2016 verdict can operate till September 30. Others will have to shut down from tomorrow.
Several state governments and private hotel owners sought the revisiting of its December 15, 2016, order banning the sale of liquor on national and state highways.
The top court, in its December 15 order, had banned the sale of liquor within 500 metres on either side of national and state highways across the country and also said that the licenses of all those currently selling liquor would not be renewed.
A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice L Nageswara Rao said that in the "interest of the public health" the liquor shops were ordered to be removed to a distance of 500 meters from either side of the highways.
The bench said that asking the state government to shift the liquor shops was not impinging on the excise policy of different states as it was only a matter of distance of the outlets from the highways.
On December 15, the court had allowed liquor shops in proximity to highways to operate till 31 March, but ruled against renewal of their licences. The courts decision came on a public interest litigation case seeking to curb road accidents on highways due to drunken driving.
Some states have sought to extend the deadline or decrease the distance to 100 meters for state highways while a few states have sought a recall of the order.
"Of course I thanked Digvijaya for letting us form the government. It is because of his incompetence that we formed the government here. He kept roaming around and we formed the government in 48 hours. His own MLA did not have faith in him while we built consensus with the regional parties," Parrikar told the Rajya Sabha.
Digvijaya, who was in-charge of the Congress affairs in Goa, had earlier said the constitutional norms were not followed by Governor Mridula Sinha, adding that the Congress despite being the single largest party was not invited to form the government in the state.
"The procedure is that the single largest party is always called. So, the Governor should have adopted this process. The Governor has to act under the Constitution as per the established conventions," Singh told the media.
Earlier on March 16, former defence minister Parrikar established victory in the Goa Assembly as 22 MLAs stood in his support.
16 MLAs opposed Parrikar's candidature as the Chief Minister, while one MLA was absent.
The Supreme Court had ordered a floor test as the Congress challenged his appointment, citing that the Goa Governor did not follow the procedure as dictated by the Constitution.
Despite the BJP ending up second behind the Congress in a split mandate, Parrikar had claimed the support of 22 legislators, two more than the half-way mark in the 40-member Assembly.
The Congress won 17 seats but was not able to prove majority.
Earlier today, the Delhi High Court dismissed Singh and his wife's plea seeking quashing of the disproportionate assets case filed against them by the CBI.
Justice Vipin Sanghi also vacated the Himachal Pradesh High Court's interim order of October 1, 2015 restraining the CBI from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet in the case without the court's permission.
Virbhadra and his wife Pratibha Singh have claimed in their plea that there was no order, direction or judgment by any court that had authorised the CBI to inquire, investigate or register regular cases and exercise jurisdiction in the territory of Himachal Pradesh.
The chief minister has contended in his plea that the raids on his private residence and other premises were conducted with "malafide intentions and political vendetta" by the central investigating agency.
He has alleged that CBI had overstepped its jurisdiction in filing the case as the cause of action did not arise in the territory of Delhi.
Singh has also claimed that the permission of the state government and Home Department were not taken before raiding the residence of a sitting chief minister.
The CBI had contended that the allegations against Singh in the case are "very serious" as a huge amount of money was involved and the state government has shown "over anxiety" in protecting him.
Uttar Pradesh's Power Minister Shrikant Sharma on Friday condemned the shameful incident and said a probe by the concerned authorities has been initiated.
"We were informed through the media; the concerned officers have been given instruction to carry out the investigation," Sharma told ANI.
One girl student said the warden ordered girls to remove their clothes after discovering blood stains in the bathroom.
"It was very humiliating for all of us. We want action against her," the girl said.
The warden of the hostel has been suspended.
Currently, SAHAJ (ITR 1) is filed by salaried employees and ITR 2 by individuals and HUFs whose income does not include income from business. The government has done away with two forms ITR 2A (used by individuals & HUFs not having income from business or profession and capital gains and who do not hold foreign assets). Only 6 crore out of 29 crore persons holding permanent account number (PAN) file income tax returns at present.
This foundation is likely to propogate and educate future generations about the ideals for which the president has stood for and will also have fellowships and encourage research papers on foreign policy, defence and energy policy -- areas on which Pranab Mukherjee has devoted his life.
There will be a faculty and many industrialists and business houses have already begun to contribute from their Corporate Social Responsibility Funds. The president's secretary Omita Paul will be Chief Executive Officer to drive this foundation.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's done for the day.
In Chennai for two days, ending today, the PM first met Rajinikanth (scroll down for the report and the pictures) and then investors from India, asking them to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by his country.
Najib, who began his six-day visit to India yesterday, met the captains of industry at a roundtable business meet here. In his address, Najib "urged investors to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by Malaysia as we aim to intensify and elevate our strategic partnership to greater heights," the Malaysian PMO said in its official Facebook page about the interaction.
UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma accompanied Adityanath.
This is Adityanath's second meeting with with Aparna and her husband Prateek. The couple had met the CM at the VVIP Guest House where he was staying last week.
The meeting triggered intense speculation in political circles as it came a few days after BJP trounced Akhilesh Yadav-led SP in the 2017 UP assembly elections.
The meeting, which lasted for 20 minutes was termed a 'courtesy call'.
During their meeting, Prateek and Aparna had reportedly discussed the issue of 'Gau-Sanrakshan' (cow protection) with the UP CM.
Image: The UP CM at the cow shelter run by Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law, Aparna (in green, on his right).
The protest by farmers from Tamil Nadu at the Jantar Mantar entered its 18th day today. Protestors said that they will only end the protests once their demands are accepted by the government.
The protestors have done everything from displaying the skulls of fellow farmers who had committed suicide, to dressing up as corpses and holding live mice in their mouths, to get a drought relief package of Rs 40, 000 crore from the Centre and farm loan waiver.
Gujarat already has a cow protection law in place, put into effect when Narendra Modi was the state chief minister.
The Gujarat government had imposed a complete ban on cow-slaughter, transportation and selling of cow-beef by amending the erstwhile Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954, in 2011. Since then, the crimes related to cow slaughter in Gujarat are covered under the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 2011.
Under this Act, the people found involved in cow-slaughtering and related crimes are penalised with Rs. 50,000 fine and a jail term up to seven years
Meanwhile, For the January-March quarter even as banks have started lowering their deposit rates, government has kept interest rates on small savings schemes like PPF and Kisan Vikas Patra unchanged.
Since April last year, interest rates of all small saving schemes have been recalibrated on a quarterly basis. For the January-March quarter, these have been kept unchanged compared with the October-December quarter.
A finance ministry notification said investments in public provident fund (PPF) scheme will continue to fetch an annual interest rate of 8 per cent, the same as 5-year National Savings Certificate.
His refusal to turn up before the Supreme Court to face contempt proceedings led the top court to issue a bailable warrant against him.
The 61-year-old controversial judge had skipped previous hearings in the contempt case initiated against him by the Supreme Court.
Justice Karnan who is arguing his own case before the bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, told the seven-judge bench to restore his administrative and judicial work taken away from him at the top court's orders."Restore my work or next time, I will not appear before your court," the judge said, adding the court was free to "send me to jail... I am not a terrorist or anti-social person".
CJI Kehar also asks Karnan if he wants to give medical certificates on his mental condition. Karnan declines saying he wants his work restored.
The Supreme Court had initiated the contempt proceedings after the controversial judge sought a probe against 20 "corrupt judges" to curb "high corruption" in the judiciary.
On Friday, the bench gave the judge an opportunity to withdraw his complaint."Do you stand by your complaint against the 20 judges? Or do you wish to withdraw your complaint and unconditionally apologise," the bench asked him. He refused the offer, insisting that the complaint that he had given was very much under the law".
Justice Karnan told the court, "I am not fighting for my personal gain, I am fighting for general welfare and against the corruption in the Madras High court."
Justice C S Karnan appeared before a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar, Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur, Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Kurian Joseph JJ.
The court has given Karnan four weeks to clarify his position.
The Malaysian prime minister is visiting Chennai on a two-day trip and had requested a meet with the superstar.
Reports said the 'ultimate priority' of the Malaysian Prime Minister and his wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor during their India visit was to meet the Tamil superstar. Both, the Malaysian PM and his wife are big Bollywood and Tamil movie-buffs and they are die-hard fans of Rajinikanth.
In fact, the Malaysian authorities had put in a request for meeting the actor in Chennai, reported The Telegraph. The Malaysian PM began his India tour by first visiting Chennai on Thursday. He is scheduled to stay in Chennai for two days, after which the Malaysian PM and his entourage will visit Delhi.
Reports say that Razak and his wife became fans of Rajinikanth after the actor shot his blockbuster Kabali in Malaysia. During his Chennai stay, Razak is set to meet Malaysian community staying in India.
Speaking to the media, Rajinikanth said, "I was shooting a movie in Malaysia sometime ago. I could not meet him then, so I met him now."
Razak's visit comes ahead of general elections in Malaysia, where the Tamil diaspora has a considerable presence and Rajinikanth a large audience.
Razak will also travel to Hyderabad and Delhi.
Image: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met Rajinikanth at his home in Chennai.
"I am happy to inform about the release of two Indian nationals Midhun and Edward who were abducted in South Sudan. They have reached the Indian embassy in Khartoum.
"I appreciate the efforts of Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon for the release of Indian nationals," she said in a series of tweets.
Indians Midhun Ganesh and Edward Ambrose along with a Pakistani, Ayaz Hussein Jamali, were abducted by rebels from near their workplaces earlier this month in oil-rich Upper Nile state. Jamali has also been reportedly released.
"Following requests from Indian and Pakistani governments, the Sudanese and Ethiopian governments coordinated together to secure the release of the three oil workers," Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service said in a statement. However, it did not specify when the hostages were released.
Image: The two Indians who were abducted in South Sudan.
"Sachin Tendulkar is known as the God of cricket. He has commitments on many areas. If he cannot come and gives reason for that I think we should consider that. They can give their contribution and suggestions by coming to the Parliament," Congress leader Pramod Tiwari.
Tiwari further said that if should be left on the MPS as to how much they are interested in coming to the Parliament.
"Questions should not be raised on this. If the President has appointed them then questions should not be raised on his judgement," he added.
Meanwhile, backing Naresh Agarwal's assertion that nominated MPS like Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha must come to the Parliament, JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav said they have given huge contribution, adding that there is no doubt that the issue raised by the Samajwadi Party leader is serious.
Agarwal yesterday questioned the continued absence of sportspersons and Bollywood stars, nominated to Rajya Sabha, from the House even as he cited the case of Sachin Tendulkar for not being present during the session.
The apex court had earlier this month said the Ayodhya dispute is a sensitive and sentimental issue, adding that the matter should be settled amicably.
The apex court while hearing the pla of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy's seeking urgent hearing into the matter hadasked all parties concerned to sit together so as to arrive at a consensus.
The apex court had asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31.
The apex court also suggested that a principal mediator can be chosen by it if required for settling the issue.
During the hearing, Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar offered to serve as a mediator if negotiations break down.
However, asserting that the Muslim front in the Ram Mandir matter will have to choose a different spot to build a mosque, Swamy said that if nobody would compromise on the matter then the BJP will pass a legislation.
"We are not opposing the idea of building a Masjid but not on the same spot, as it was the same spot where Lord Ram was born. But if they want to argue in the court that is also fine. We otherwise have other options, the BJP by next year will have majority in Rajya Sabha and then we can pass a legislation. And then the Muslim community will not have any Masjid to show for it," Swamy said.
This is what they want.
The actress tweeted a link of a website to External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, saying, "He is my baby brother. Please help" followed by an emoticon of folded hands.
The link which leads to Trade Winds, a global shipping news service, reported that a 19-year-old crewman has died in a fall on an MSC boxship in Belgium.
The incident occurred on the 6,400-teu MSC Damla at a terminal in Antwerp on 29 March.
The website said, that the victim was walking down narrow metal stairs into a cargo hold to investigate an oil and water alarm, when he "almost certainly slipped, hit his head and then fell". The drop was 16 metres.
It says that a thunderstorm may have made the area slippery. The seafarer had only joined the crew a few days previously.
Sushma Swaraj responded, "Yes we will help you. Plz tell me what help do you want."
Rawat said she needed hlep in bringing his body back home soon. "Thankyou for responding mam. I need help in bringing his body back home soon.They said it'll take 12 days.My family needs closure."
Image: A 2009 file picture of Chitrashi Rawat
The starkest of the turnarounds has been that of the Trinamool Congress. The Trinamool Members of Parliament, who during the winter session were all fire and brimstone against Narendra Modi government's demonetisation decision, have turned a new leaf.
The aggression against the government has been replaced by a "issue based' approach and an effort to convey to the government that Trinamool was no longer with the Congress and Left parties in opposing the government.
It is also trying to convey to the Congress party that the latter cannot expect support in Parliament if it continues with its alliance with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in West Bengal.
The Congress and the Left parties had seat adjustment for the 2016 assembly polls in Bengal. Several of Trinamool leaders, including its Members of Parliament, are being investigated for their alleged roles in a financial scam and a sting operation on another party MP has put Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government under pressure.
Recently, the Congress joined the Left parties in a joint protest against Trinamool in Kolkata. The evidence of Trinamool's altered approach came on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha. Trinamool Congress members broke ranks with rest of the opposition to stage a strategic walkout in the Upper House just before other opposition parties prepared to vote on the Finance Bill.
The opposition scored a symbolic victory as it voted to have Rajya Sabha adopt five amendments to the Finance Bill. But Trinamool's action was seen as an attempt to help the government. The Trinamool had moved amendments to the Finance Bill similar to those moved by Congress and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders, but didn't vote.
"The Congress cannot expect us to be with it in Parliament, while it joins hands with the CPI (M) against our government in West Bengal,' a Trinamool leader said. The Trinamool hopes it can drive a wedge between the Congress and CPI (M) in Bengal, where it is facing heat on corruption scandals. CPI (M) chief Sitaram Yechury today criticised the Trinamool approach. He chided the party for providing back door support to the Modi government by walking out of the Rajya Sabha, and said Trinamool by adopting this approach was reducing its bargaining power with the government.
-- Archis Mohan/Business Standard
File pic of TMC MPs with President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Such is the dominance of geopolitical narratives in South Asia that any positive news from the neighbourhood does not reach us. While thinking about our neighbours, especially Pakistan, images of a country whose economy is in shambles and polity unstable strike us. Read more
Early reports say that over 30 Naxals attacked the station in Odishas Rayagada district protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to the state on April 15. The ultras carried out two explosions and left posters against the PM Modis upcoming visit, says the Indian Express.
The BJP will hold its two-day national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah, senior leader LK Advani and others.
Image: A poster protesting the PM's visit to Odisha left behind by the Naxals at the railway station.
Dr Usha Ramanathan, an independent legal researcher, has been writing, campaigning and debating the social, legal and economic aspects of the Aadhar card project from 2009 onwards.
Dr Ramanathan, tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier why Aadhar is not going to help India or its people in any way, rather how it is a security threat. Read the full interview here.
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has come out with a Model Food Policy which it has uploaded on its website for comments.
It hopes that states will adopt a final policy before the World Food Fair.
For the next round of 50-odd cold storages, approval for which has been sought by various companies, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that she would do a proper satellite mapping of food and vegetable clusters before inviting expression of interests.
Ibrahim Al Ansari was an 'important ISIS leader', a spokesman for the Baghdad-based coalition, said on Thursday.
The slain propaganda chief was a leader in efforts to recruit foreign fighters and encourage 'terror attacks' in Western countries, the spokesperson said.
The air strike, that took place on March 25, also killed four other IS jihadists, destroyed a multimedia operation team, said another Defence Department official.
Their propaganda efforts included 'brainwashing of young children to perpetuate ISIS brutal methods', the source said. -- Agencies
The latest software modification at the one-to-many messaging service comes about a year after Twitter set out to relax a 140-character limit set due to mobile phone text messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006.
'Remember how we told you we were working on ways to let you to express more with 140 characters?' Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy said on Thursday in an online post.
'Now, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames wont count toward your tweets 140 characters,' he said.
'Our work isn't finished. We'll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use,' Reddy said. -- Agencies
Both the persons did not have any legal documents, provincial census commissioner of Sindh Abdul Aleem Memon said while addressing reporters after winding up the first phase of census in eight districts of Sindh province.
The authorities, during census exercise, detained the two Indian nationals, claiming that they were living in Karachi 'illegally', the Express Tribune reported.
"One has been arrested from Gulberg Town, Karachi and we have recovered a diary from his possession," he said.
They have been handed over to law enforcement agencies for further investigation, the official said.
Pakistan on March 15 began its first census in about two decades with the assistance of over 2,00,000 troops and civilian officials collect crucial data that will be used for key policy decisions, including delimitation of constituencies. -- PTI
A convoy of vehicles, including a black sedan carrying Park, entered a detention facility near Seoul after the Seoul Central District Court granted prosecutors request to arrest her.
The Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant to arrest Park on charges of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion, and leaking government secrets, after a marathon court hearing the previous day.
It is justifiable and necessary to arrest (Park) as key charges were justified and there is risk of evidence being destroyed, the court said in a statement.
The former president was grilled for nearly nine hours in court on Thursday as a judge deliberated whether she should be arrested.
Prosecutors can detain her for up to 20 days before formally charging her. She will likely be in jail while her case is heard.
The former president was stripped of her immunity when she was dismissed from office by the countrys top court earlier this month. Park, 65, has denied the accusations against her.
Park becomes the third former leader to be arrested over corruption in Asias fourth-largest economy, where politics and big business have long been closely tied. -- Agencies